Jennifer Saha on Navigating Government Procurement and Technology

Jennifer Saha on Navigating Government Procurement and Technology

In this episode of SacTown Talks,  Jarhett Blonien welcomes Jennifer Saha, Founder and CEO of Golden Bridge Strategies. Jennifer shares her extensive background in government service and her transition to the private sector. She discusses her career journey from working in the Governor’s office under Schwarzenegger, to the challenges of managing large-scale procurements and IT modernization projects. Jennifer also talks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government procurement, the growing importance of cybersecurity, and the cautious adoption of generative AI in government operations. Additionally, she provides insights into the complexities of working with government contracts and offers advice for businesses looking to navigate this sector.

This episode was recorded on 6/13/24

June 19, 2024

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Exploring the Rich History and Daily Life at the California State Capitol with David Bowman

Exploring the Rich History and Daily Life at the California State Capitol with David Bowman

In this episode of SacTown Talks, host Jarhett speaks with the voice of the Assembly, David Bowman, about the intricacies and history of the California State Capitol. They discuss dining at the Capitol, changes in the legislature’s working environment, and the renovations of the Capitol building. David shares fascinating historical anecdotes, including the original locations of California’s capital, the construction of the Capitol building, and peculiar stories about the building’s artifacts and architecture. The episode also covers how seating arrangements are determined in the Assembly, interesting details about the Assembly and Senate chambers, notable visitors to the Capitol, and David’s personal involvement and experience in California politics.

This Episode was recorded on 5/15/24

June 19, 2024

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Resilience and Policy: The Journey of Assembly Member Isaac Bryan

Resilience and Policy: The Journey of Assembly Member Isaac Bryan

In this episode of SacTown Talks, we sit down with Assembly Member Isaac Bryan, discussing his unique background growing up in a foster care family, his journey through multiple states, and his eventual relocation to California. Bryan reflects on the influence of key life events, from getting cut from his high school basketball team to his academic and professional development, leading to his passion for public policy. The conversation delves into his legislative efforts, challenges in the foster care system, the realities of housing affordability in Los Angeles, and his role as the chair of the Natural Resources Committee. Bryan shares insights on his policy work, particularly on social justice, criminal justice reform, and environmental sustainability, while navigating the complexities of California’s political landscape.

June 19, 2024

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Navigating the Future of Energy with Chevron’s Andy Walz

Navigating the Future of Energy with Chevron’s Andy Walz

In this episode of SacTown Talks, Jarrett hosts Andy Walz, President of Chevron of the Americas, for an in-depth conversation about the energy sector, Chevron’s role, and the future of fuel. Andy shares his 35-year journey with Chevron, which took him and his family around the globe, from San Diego to Singapore. He discusses the division of Chevron into upstream and downstream operations, Chevron’s longstanding history in California, and the challenges and transformations the energy industry faces due to environmental policies, highlighting California’s pioneering role. Andy talks about the complexities of producing and pricing fuel in California, including the impact of taxes, regulations, and the state’s isolation from national pipeline networks. They also delve into renewable fuels, the transition towards greener energy, and the potential of natural gas and hydrogen as future energy sources. Additionally, the conversation covers Chevron’s efforts in producing renewable gasoline blends and the broader challenges of meeting global energy needs while reducing carbon emissions. Andy emphasizes the importance of collaboration between policymakers and the energy sector to ensure energy remains affordable, reliable, and increasingly cleaner.

June 19, 2024

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California Politics and Legislative Insights with Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

California Politics and Legislative Insights with Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

In this episode of SacTown Talks, Jarhett Blonien welcomes Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan to discuss a range of topics from her personal background to her legislative work in California. Bauer-Kahan reflects on her undergraduate experience at the University of Pennsylvania, her thoughts on the current state of academic institutions and student protests, and the influence of her grandparents’ Holocaust survival story on her commitment to public service. She outlines her legislative focus areas, including addressing mental health, regulating artificial intelligence, ensuring data privacy, and advancing environmental protections. Specific efforts mentioned include the 988 mental health crisis hotline, AI legislation, privacy laws in the context of social media and data brokers, and initiatives to ban plastic bags in grocery stores. The conversation also touches on broader issues such as the impacts of COVID-19, homelessness, healthcare, transportation, and climate change in California. Bauer-Kahan emphasizes the importance of balancing innovation with safety and privacy protections and the role of legislation in tackling pressing societal challenges.

June 19, 2024

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